Prague Christmas Gift Ideas 2009

Some suggestions that might make your seasonal shopping go more smoothly

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Dlouhá 28, Prague 1

It's hard to find a more typically Czech gift than jewelry made from Bohemian garnet (also known as pyrope), production of which dates back to the reign of Rudolf II at the turn of the 17th century. Trutnov, north Bohemia-based Granát d.u.v. Turnov is the country's largest producer of the fiery red jewelry and has two Prague outlets, one on Dlouhá třída and one at Panská 1.

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Vodičkova 41, Prague 1

Named, for slightly obscure reasons, for Terry Gilliam's socks, the Kino Světozor store is a treasure trove for cinema fans, packed with DVDs, movie posters, soundtrack CDs, books, magazines, T-shirts and other movie-related merchandise. The bricks-and-mortar shop, next to the Světozor box office, is complemented by a more extensive online selection.

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Nám. Republiky 1, Prague 1

Campo Marzio is an Italian pen manufacturer with a wide range of ballpoint, roller ball and fountain pens at reasonable prices. The stand's on the second floor of Palladium -- it's bright orange, so you won't miss it. Most of the pens on offer are more suitable for the ladies. The shop also offers a selection of notebooks, calendars, diaries, valets and other leather accessories.

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Vodičkova 37, Praha 1

Looking for something for someone who has everything? How about this elegant Sony digital photo frame from FotoŠkoda? It stores 250 images, sharing them as single photos, thumbnails, or slideshows. Prague's biggest camera shop also stocks Soligor Vision 3000 sunglasses, which take photos or video in situations where you wouldn't want to risk your camera.

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Václavské náměstí 60, Prague 1

Although based in Moscow, this international chain has embraced Italian style and elegance, offering mid-range and high-end ladies' shoes and bags to be enjoyed by elegant women everywhere. Along with this prestigious Wenceslas Square location there's another Carlo Pazolini store in Prague at V Celnici 10, not far from Náměstí Republiky.

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Václavské náměstí 4, Prague 1

A book's always a good gift, since almost everyone likes reading about something. At Kanzelsberger, you'll find a wide range of English-language books, including the latest bestsellers, novels for adults and children, and works of nonfiction. There's also a good selection of books on art and design for your more creatively minded friends.

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Štěpánská 61, Prague 1

If you have a friend or relative who's a musician -- or pretends to be -- this is the perfect place to find a gift for them. Here, you'll not only find instruments such as violins, guitars and keyboards but also accessories and books of sheet music. A wonderful shop for music-lovers. (Located in the Palác Lucerna building, just off Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí).)

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Václavské náměstí 58, Prague 1

Once a Communist-era icon, this department store opposite the Václav I statue now stocks a wide range of German and Italian clothing brands, among them Marc Aurel, Brax, Bugatti, Trussardi Jeans, Lagerfeld, Laurel, Luisa Cerano, Elena Miro, Cinque, Wolford, Carl Gross, Daniel Hechter, and Didier Parakian. Menswear is on the third floor, womenswear on the fourth.

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Revoluční 24, Prague 1

Naoko offers fun and unusual products that make great gifts, among them a range of rubber ducks in modern and colorful patterns, a magnetic doll you can use as a key-holder and a selection of clocks decorated with funny pictures. The shop has two sections, one dedicated to unusual household objects and another dedicated to tableware. You can also buy online.

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Revoluční 24, Prague 1

Aiming to be Prague's answer to Hamleys, Sparkys stocks a wide range of toys for boys and girls of all ages, including well-known brands such as Mattel, Albi, Hama, Woody, Lego and Hasbro, plus a particularly interesting section dedicated to Czech toys. There's also a Sparkys in the Palladium mall, plus smaller Sparkys Dárky gift shops around Prague.

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Na příkopě 19, Prague 1

With roots in a homeopathic pharmacy in Athens, this Greek cosmetics company has spread worldwide, opening this store in the Myslbek shopping center earlier this year. Using 21st-century science to work with traditional, natural ingredients, Korres offers more than 500 products, including a skin- and hair-care range, make-up, sun-care products and herbal preparations.

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Na příkopě 19, Prague 1

The British-based necktie specialist launched its first store in London in the 1980s with the aim of bringing excellent design and quality to a wider market. Along with trendy and more traditional silk ties, the Myslbek store sells scarves, silk clothing and accessories such as cufflinks. In Prague, there are also Tie Racks at the airport and at the Metropole Zličín mall.

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Náměstí Republiky, Prague 1

Online retailer's bricks-and-mortar stores, located in the Palladium mall downtown and also at the Galerie Butovice shopping center in Prague 5-Jinonice, offer all kinds of posters, prints and stickers that can be used to decorate a house with, whether you want to bring a touch of the seaside to someone's kitchen or add a splash of color to a child's room.

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Náměstí Republiky, Prague 1

Eden is another wonderful place to find gifts for children. In this store, within the Palladium shopping mall, you'll find a wide selection of cuddly toys in all kinds of sizes, shapes, colors and styles. In addition, the shop also stocks stationery, so you can also look here for pens, pencils, notebooks, folders, backpacks and anything else your children might need for school.

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Haštalská 7, Prague 1

Traditional is great if you want to give a little piece of history. The shop focuses on authentic handmade Czech products, including ceramics, candles, blue-print textiles, lace, natural cosmetics, corn husk crafts and hand-carved printing blocks from the turn of the 19th century. The helpful staff speaks English and the shop is in the heart of Old Town.

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Týnský dvůr 3, Prague 1

One of Prague's best sources for gifts, Botanicus boasts an array of homemade soaps, sauces, crafts and candles. Special treats for Christmas include special gift baskets and vouchers -- helpful if you don't know what to give. If you're looking for something a little unusual, with a rustic feel, you can't go wrong here or at one of Botanicus's other downtown locations.

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